From a young age most of us weren’t allowed to leave the dinner table without eating those precious greens on our plate. For some of us eating greens can be a bit more of a struggle than others, however, once we learn how to prepare them in right way our mind and palate will begin to shift.
So why are greens so good for us? Well where do we start . . . Did you know that greens are a higher source of calcium than milk? Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and chard as rich sources of calcium and vitamin K for healthy bone metabolism and heart health. Green vegetables are also essential for the following;
- Energy metabolism
- Stress relief
- Glowing skin
- Improve gut health to improve digestive capacity, strengthen the immune system and reduce bloating
- Supports liver detoxification
- Provides a rich source of Chlorophyll to help bind toxins inside the body and excrete efficiently
- Supports healthy brain function to increase memory and reasoning
- Reduce oxidative stress to reduce your risk of diseases including cancer
- Help to regulate your blood glucose (prevent type 2 diabetes)
- Support a restorative sleep
So by now you can see how important it is to make sure you are adding as many green vegetables to your diet, if you are seeking a happy and wholesome life. This salad has been specifically designed to increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids which we all seem to be lacking. Therefore, when we increase our intake of Omega 3 fatty acids it helps to reduce our inflammation, support our hormones, sleep, digestive function and so much more. Keep reading to find out more about the goodness of each ingredient.
When seeds are sprouted it helps to brings out their incredible enzymes. This process also helps to increase their protein, vitamin and mineral content. Alfalfa sprouts contain a rich source of Vitamin K which helps to reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause. Alfalfa sprouts also have the ability to regulate blood sugar levels and are extremely high in antioxidants to keep both your insides and outsides glowing.
A great source of Vitamin E to help reduce inflammation, support eye health, reduce risk of cancer, regulate blood sugar and lower blood pressure.
Avocado is loaded with potassium which helps to; regulate the electrical gradients in the body, high in monounsaturated fats, high in fiber to keep your bowels moving nicely, helps to regulate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, help to decrease depression and provide protection against chronic disease.
Despite the name, buckwheat is gluten-free and it actually a seed from a fruit similar to that of Rhubarb. Buckwheat is high in both protein and fibre which helps to maintain healthy muscle mass, improves digestion, helps to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps to regulate blood glucose.
Contains omega 3 to help balance our inflammatory mediators, contains phytonutrients kaempferol that helps to reduce impact of allergies via the down-regulation of IgE antibodies, rich source of vitamin A, chromium ,manganese, selenium and zinc. The glucosinolates in broccoli help to activate phase 2 liver detoxification to excrete toxic substances from the body (these include the recycling of hormones such as estrogen). Broccoli also helps to decrease the risk of cancer via its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components
This oil is our go to help up our intake of Omega 3 fatty acids (specifically ALA) to help reduce inflammation, lubricate the colon to support digestive health, increase collagen production, boost heart health and improve our mood especially if you suffer from depression).
An abundant source of Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) that is a necessary building block for some prostaglandins (hormone-like chemicals in the body that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature). Hemp seeds are a natural natural appetite suppressant, a rich source of soluble fibre that help to feed probiotics in gut to reboot the immune system and regulate bowel movements.
Lemon is a household favorite, however, most people do not use it in its entirety. In each of our recipes where lemon is featured, we like to use the rind, flesh, and juice to get more bang for our buck, never mind the incredible flavour. We love lemon because, it enhances immunity, promotes a healthy heart, helps to fight cancer, increases iron absorption, boosts weight loss, improves skin health, supports digestion and prevent kidney stones.
Mustard seeds are also an incredible source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help improve heart health, lower cholesterol. Just like broccoli mustard seeds also contain the phytochemical glucosinolates, these help to reduce the risk of cancer thanks to their strong ability to fight off free radicals in the body. The heat of mustard seeds are a great addition to any salad to help increase the digestive capacity.
Improves digestion, helps rid the body of free radicals and excess inflammation, helps to lower blood sugar, a rich source of B-vitamins which help to reduce fatigue and improve mood
Super Green Detox Salad
1 small broccoli head, rinsed and cut in small florets
1 zucchini, shaved
1 avocado, peeled and cut into cubes
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
½ bunch mint, roughly chopped
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tbsp organic cold pressed flaxseed oil
2 tbsp organic hulled buckwheat kernels
½ tsp brown mustard seeds
Good pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1 tbsp hemp seeds, lightly toasted
¼ cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
- Place a small saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil, once the water comes to a boil place a steaming basket with the broccoli over the saucepan to steam. Steam for roughly 3 minutes or until the broccoli turns bright green. Keep in mind that you don’t want to steam it for too long to ensure you retain as much Vitamin C as possible.
- Place the zucchini, snow pea shoots, mint, and broccoli in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- To make the dressing combine the flaxseed oil, mustard seeds, lemon zest and juice, sea salt and black pepper in a jar. Give it a good shake to combine the ingredients.
- Pour the dressing over the greens and use your hands to gently combine to allow the dressing to coat that green goodness.
- Transfer the salad into two bowls, top with avocado, almonds, buckwheat, hemp seeds and sauerkraut.